We have lost what it came from and we are probably lost on where we are going. In the 1950's and later
religion played a much stronger role in the up coming holidays. We were taught Halloween or Holy Evening came to scare away the evil spirits from the graves of our fallen members. We celebrated All Saint's Day the following morning and All Soul's Day the day after that.
Trusting that the costumes and pranks ( innocent ones) were enough to scare away the evil spirits in the area for the souls to make it to heaven.
Wow today the costumes should do it alone, let alone the animals that get costumes and the horrid evil pranks that are played out across this land with massive damage to Cemeteries and Churches and some times to Mosques.
I am glad I was raised before this theory of damage and destruction came about with people. It surely does nothing to scare away an evil spirit ( if there is one). I suspect prayer and a Bible would do more for that than costumes but then at one time it was a harmless event for young people to enjoy and families to share time before the heavy winter season set in and many could not get out to see others.
Hayrides and pumpkin gathering and apple dunking and sack races and making cider was far more fun.
Did you experience any of these things as a youth? Would love to hear back on your experiences.